Mary Grace Bertulfo

the writing life, filipino culture, & the natural world

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Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
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Looking for Early Bird Specials? Taleblazers Spring Workshops and Summer Camps are open for Registration.  Time Travelers Log Workshop. “Words Come Alive” Write-a-thon with Val’s halla. (Ages 8-13) Wonder Camp, a new collaborative & performance-based arts camp. Lots to choose from! (Grades K-5.)

Mountain Beauty – my poem on elephant

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
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My new poem, “Mountain Beauty” (<– here) was just published on elephant journal, a wonderful online forum I love. May it be of benefit. Women, how do you feel, embrace, or define beauty as you age? Men-folk, what about you? Please post your answers on elephant journal. Thanks, salamat!  

Church of Beethoven salutes Val’s halla

Sunday, July 29th, 2012
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    Worked for many years at Flying Fish Folk Records. We had a record distributor who would show up in an old pickup and load up the milk crates with LPs. He was always talking about Val’s Halla in Oak Park. When I finally moved here, 15 years later, there it was — still […]

Memories of Val’s halla: Sacrificing lunch money for Vinyl

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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It started out innocently enough… Beach Boys 8-track tapes and 45s from Ben Franklins, but it wasn’t long before I wanted to concentrate on the great format of 331/3 rpm records.   Ben Franklins had it’s charms, but not the focus of a real, independent record store.   My Freshman year of High School was […]

A Toast to Val’s halla – Happy 40th!

Saturday, July 28th, 2012
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I don’t have any long history with Val, but I am happy to add my admiration and congratulations, too! Just a few months ago, actually, I was in there asking her about some particular dance rhythm.  How can some novice like me today understand the popular dance rhythms of the early rock-n-roll era…  She told […]

Farewell to the Gracious Cory Aquino, R.I.P.

Friday, July 31st, 2009
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The year was 1986. I was 16 the first time I saw Cory Aquino on television. She was leading a seemingly endless parade of prayerful, frightened, but determined people in Manila, calling for the dictator Ferdinand Marcos to step down. This event has been called “The People Power Revolution” and also “The Bloodless Revolution”. She […]